New Harrow Borough boss beat off competition from QPR legends to land Ryman League job
PUBLISHED: 18:17 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 18:17 26 January 2015
New manager Steve Baker admits Harrow Borough will need to win more games in the final three months of the season than they have managed in the entire campaign so far to avoid relegation.
With the team second from bottom, Dave Anderson decided to step down from his role and Baker was one of 30 applicants, including former QPR stars Kevin Gallen and Rufus Brevett, who went for the job.
The former Chipstead United boss is pleased to have been given the opportunity by chairman Peter Rogers.
Baker said: “Some good names were in for the job. When you see what some of the people who applied for the job have achieved during their players careers and at higher levels in non-league football it is great to have been given this opportunity to try and save the club from relegation.
“I think there was a lot of interest in the job because it is a well-run club.
“There isn’t a big turn-over of managers. I think it’s something like three managers in 15 years. Usually when jobs come up you’ll see the club has changed manager a number of times in a short period.”
Baker, who lives in Staines, is now eager to get working with the players on the training pitch ahead of their home match against his former club Wingate and Finchley on Saturday.
He will be joined by his assistant at Chipstead, Jess Smith, with the duo looking to hit the ground running.
Baker said: “When I joined Chipstead in November 2013 they only had nine points and we managed to stay up with 62 points. Also, when I was coaching at Wingate under Gary Meakin, we managed to avoid relegation.
“The target will be 50 points, which means picking up eight wins and a couple of draws.”
Borough have only won seven of their 31 league matches so far this season, and their biggest problem has been at the back, having conceded 62 goals.
Baker said: “My first training session will be on Thursday. I’ve been doing my homework and the team have scored 41 goals this season, which is just one less than East Thurrock United, who are sixth in the league.
“I’ve been working in a different league so I don’t know what the defensive problems are down to at the moment but I will be looking to find a solution.
“I’m hopeful that I will be able to bring in some new players by the weekend. I’ve been working in the division below so I know there are some nuggets at that level and I’ve also been speaking to some players at Ryman League level.
“It’s normal when a new manager arrives that you freshen the place up a bit.”
Baker, who is yet to sign a contract with Borough, said: “We know as a group it is going to be a tough task to stay up. We will be looking to secure safety on the pitch and then we can look at things more long-term.”
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